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Phyllis Jones

Phyllis Jones, 67, of Hamburg died on Friday, May 18, 2018, after a diligent five-year battle with cancer. Jones was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a 1969 graduate of Hamburg High School. She was the owner and operator of Phyllis’ Daycare for over 40 years. She was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where she served as church secretary, a Sunday School teacher for many years and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bro. Charles Pullin, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William F. and Beatrice Jones.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Billy Jones of Hamburg; a daughter, Vanessa Gilliam and husband, Glenn, of Hot Springs; a son, Chuck Jones and wife, Michelle; her mother, Bobbie Judkins Pullin; a sister, Debbie McDonald and husband, Steve, all of Hamburg; five granddaughters; and two brothers-in-law, Bruce Jones and wife, Barbara, of Hamburg and Barry Jones of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Micah Carter, Bro. Richard West and Bro. Joey Meredith officiating. Burial was in the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Nelms, Kenny Leigh, Junior Campbell, Clarence Kelley, Levi Gray and Brandon Patrick. Honorary pallbearers were the Hamburg High School Class of 1969. Memorials may be made to the UAMS Multiple Myeloma Institute Development, 4301 W. Markham #816, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Elizabeth Swan Woods

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Elizabeth Swan Woods, 88, of Hamburg died on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at her home. She was born on December 2, 1929, to her parents, Winford Franklin and Nora Murphy Swan and was a lifelong resident of Ashley County.

She began teaching school at an early age and after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she taught kindergarten for many years in her backyard and also taught at the Carousel School in Crossett. She was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, and the Gideon’s Auxillary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Chester Bowles, and Lexie P. Woods; one son, Neal Bowles; and one sister, Willa Dean “Stumpy” Ray.

She is survived by one son, Philip Bowles, and wife, Wendy, of Hamburg; one daughter, Patricia Lockridge, and husband, Phillip, of Harrison; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with Bro. James Morris and her son, Bro. Phillip Bowles officiating, followed by an interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.


Mary Harrington Blissett

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Mary “Frances” Harrington Blissett, 95, of Crossett, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Crossett Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on February 17, 1923, in Crossett to her parents, Abner Morris and Fannie Barnett Harrington. She was one of fourteen children and grew up working on the family farm along with helping care for her younger siblings. After marrying and having children of her own, she continued the role of caregiver for her family, by caring for her mother until her death and her daughter, Ruby Dean.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Blissett; one son, Larry S. Blissett; six brothers, Curtis Harrington, Edward Harrington, Amon Harrington, Robert Harrington, Roy Harrington, and Gerald Harrington; and two sisters, Estelle Chandler and Syble Standridge.

She is survived by five children, Lavern Pennington, Charles Blissett, Ruby Dean Blissett, Jackie Harrington, and Robbie Harrington and wife, Karen, all of Crossett; four sisters, Essie Meyer of Crossett, Jessie Harvey of Elberta, Alabama, Rose White of Little Rock, and Reatha Laws of Harrison; one brother, Billy Harrington and wife, Alta, of Crossett; twelve grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Second Baptist Church in Crossett with Bro. Lloyd Townsend and Bro. Travis Roberts officiating, followed by an interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Harold Wayne Pennington, Kenny Pennington, Jerry Coyle, Royce Blissett, Jason Dykes, and Ronnie Joe Dykes. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Brooks, Larry Blissett, Jr., Josh Patton, and Kenny Laughlin.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Second Baptist Church.

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